Miami Beach Soundscape / West 8

Miami Beach Soundscape / West 8

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  • Year Final year of this architectural project
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    2011

Text description of the architects. In 2009, the winning design of West 8 for Lincoln Park was unanimously selected by the Miami Beach Commission. The park is part of the New World Symphony Campus by architect Frank Gehry, which includes a concert hall and a winter garden. The Lincoln Park site is a small, slightly larger than 1 acre urban site on Washington Avenue and 17th Street in South Florida that aims to set a new precedent for parks in the city of Miami Beach.

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While an urban park of this size is often given a design that has more hard surfaces than soft surfaces, the site-specific conditions, context, and program of Lincoln Park triggered a unique response in a leafy park, not an intimate, shady square and soft to the touch ;; A park that will support the world-class attraction of the New World Symphony Building. Lincoln Park reflects the spirit and vitality of Miami Beach and supports a variety of day and night treatments, either in the shade of the trees or under the starry sky.

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Lincoln Park will also have the wonder of some unique features that are one of a kind. First, several pergolas hug the edges of the park; Their shape is inspired by the puffy clouds that are inherent in the tropical climate of South Florida. The handcrafted lacquered aluminum structures not only provide shade, but also support the spectacular flowers of bougainvillea vines. Highlighting a color threshold at the entry points of the park. Quality artwork is equally important, and the projection screen of the adjacent Symphony Hall building is an ideal canvas for video projection artists – an emerging and exciting discipline in the art world. West 8 designed a projection tower and ballet bar to accommodate the park’s extensive multimedia equipment.

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These elements provide a unified language among the park’s unique architectural elements and provide a variety of ways for both local and international artists to present an ever-changing exhibition that would take place outside the confines of a traditional museum experience.

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The soft, undulating topography is visually enhanced by a white concrete mosaic of winding paths and white concrete seating walls that provide options for informal seating. These two critical elements of park design allow Lincoln Park to give the illusion of a park larger than its modest inherent size. ‘Veils’ of palm and tree plants hide and reveal views that enhance the experience of being in a much larger oasis.

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